Like Someone in Love (film)

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Like Someone in Love
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbbas Kiarostami
Written byAbbas Kiarostami
Produced byKenzo Horikoshi
Marin Karmitz
StarringRin Takanashi
Tadashi Okuno
Ryō Kase
CinematographyKatsumi Yanagishima
Edited byBahman Kiarostami
Release dates
  • May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) (Cannes)
  • September 15, 2012 (2012-09-15) (Japan)
  • October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10) (France)
Running time
109 minutes
BudgetUS$ 4.8 million
Box office$486,075[1][2]

Like Someone in Love (Japanese: ライク・サムワン・イン・ラブ Raiku samuwan in rabu) is a French-Japanese drama film written and directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, starring Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno and Ryō Kase. It was his final film to be released in his lifetime. The France-Japan co-production competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]


In Tokyo, sociology student Akiko (Rin Takanashi) moonlights as a high-end prostitute. Her jealous boyfriend, Noriaki (Ryō Kase) is suspicious, but does not know about her work.

One night, she is assigned to Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), an elderly former university professor who is more interested in making her dinner than having sex. The morning after their unconsummated night, Takashi drives Akiko to school for her exams. While waiting in the car for her, he encounters Noriaki, who assumes Takashi is her grandfather and asks permission to marry her. Takashi does not correct Noriaki's assumption and assures him he is not ready for marriage.

After Akiko's test, the three drive toward a bookstore. Noriaki diagnoses a problem with the car, and convinces Takashi to drive it to the garage he owns, where he replaces a fan belt. There they encounter one of Takashi's former students; Akiko worries he will reveal the truth to Noriaki.

Takashi drops Akiko at the bookstore and returns home. Soon afterwards, he receives a panicked phone call from Akiko and returns to the bookstore to pick her up. Her mouth is bloodied, but she does not say why. Takashi takes Akiko to his apartment. Noriaki arrives, threatening them over the intercom and banging on the door. Takashi peers out his window to see what Noriaki is doing. An object is thrown through the window and Takashi falls to the floor.


  • Rin Takanashi as Akiko
  • Tadashi Okuno as Takashi
  • Ryo Kase as Noriaki
  • Denden as Hiroshi
  • Reiko Mori as Nagisa
  • Koichi Ohori as Taxi driver
  • Tomoaki Tatsumi as Mechanic
  • Hiroyuki Kishi as Takashi's former student
  • Seina Kasugai as Nagisa's friend
  • Mihiko Suzuki as Neighbor
  • Kaneko Kubota as Akiko's grandmother


Production credits

  • Associate producer: Nathanaël Karmitz
  • Associate producer: Charles Gillibert
  • Production designer: Toshihiro Isomi
  • Costume designer: Masae Miyamoto
  • Sound designer: Mohammad Reza Delpak
  • Sound editor: Reza Narimizadeh

Like Someone in Love is a film production by France's MK2 Group and Japan's Eurospace. It had a budget of US$4.8 million. Filming was originally planned for April 2011, but had to be rescheduled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The film was eventually shot over eight weeks in October 2011.[5] It was shot on location in Tokyo and Yokohama.[citation needed]

The film's initial production title was The End. It was Kiarostami's second feature film shot entirely outside his native Iran, following Certified Copy (2010) which was shot in Italy in 2009.[citation needed]


Critical reception[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews by critics. It holds an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10. The website's critical consensus reads, "In his second film outside his native Iran, director Abbas Kiarostami maintains the mysterious, reflective mood of previous triumphs."[6] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 76 based on 31 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

David Denby of The New Yorker writes, "This story, driven by undercurrents and oblique hints, is almost surprising in its circumspection." He adds, "The cinematography is clear and hard-focussed, and the editing produces long, flowing passages. This exquisitely made, elusive film has a lulling rhythm and a melancholy charm."[8]


Year Award Category Result Recipient
2012 Chicago International Film Festival Best International Feature Nominated Abbas Kiarostami
65th Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Nominated Abbas Kiarostami
2013 7th Asian Film Awards Best Cinematographer Nominated Katsumi Yanagijima
7th Asian Film Awards Best Director Nominated Abbas Kiarostami
7th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated Ryo Kase


  1. ^ "Like Someone in Love (2013)". Box Office Mojo., Inc. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Like Someone in Love (2013)". Box Office Mojo., Inc. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ Calhoun, Dave. "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". Time Out London. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  5. ^ Slater, Patrik (24 January 2012). "Kiarostami advances Love". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Like Someone in Love (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Like Someone in Love". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  8. ^ Denby, David (4 March 2013). "Dangerous Liaisons". The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 3. p. 80.

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